Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I Guess I'm Not Too Old Yet!

No, this is not me.  It's my middle child coming off one of the water slides at our resort.  But I also found myself flying down this water slide.

 When we planned this vacation with the boys, I have to admit that I had a certain amount of dread deep down inside somewhere.  A resort with 2 water parks?  What are we thinking?  But I figured since DH and I got our trip to France and Scotland (sans kids), we could take the kids someplace that they'd really enjoy.  We even signed up for the Family Fun Package that comes with up to 5 (yeah, 5) free pizzas, 5 vouchers for 100 tokens each for use at the arcade, free bowling, etc.  

When we got here we headed straight for the indoor water park.  It has an impressive number of slides and rides as well as the other water park stuff.  After spending some time in the hot tub, the boys really wanted me to experience some of the other stuff with them.  So we headed up a flight of stairs.  Then we went up another flight of stairs, turned on a landing, and went up another flight of stairs.  We were at the python plunge.  The huge black and orange body flume has a closed section that winds around for a story or so, then an open section that shoots straight down for about 2 stories and ends in a section full of water similar to the one in the picture above.

As my turn approached I started to panic.  I could feel my heart pounding.  I was thinking "I'm too old for this".  I was wondering if Liam and Rowan would believe any excuse I could come up with not to go down this slide.  I was sure that I'd somehow make a fool of myself.  But their smiling encouragement was too much for me.  I couldn't disappoint them.  
I stood at the top of the slide waiting for the life guard to give me the nod.  When he did, I got myself into position (on my back, ankles crossed, arms across my chest) and let go.  I was plunged into darkness.  As I slid through the darkness I told myself "You're fine, Barb.  This is nothing.  The kids can do it."  Then I couldn't help but scream as I plunged through the near vertical section to waiting boys.  It was awesome!  I loved it.  I'd forgotten what that adrenaline rush was like.  So I'm 43.  But I'm not too old to enjoy a day at the water park with my kids.  Five days, I'm not sure.  But since I've survived two of them so far, I'm optimistic.

7 comments:

rxBambi said...

LOL! Did you get a wedgie too? Sounds like fun!

wv: glocitis: swollen tongue??

McGillicutty said...

It's the wedgie that leaves the lasting impression!!! I am too chicken but I know I should do it cos it's the best feeling in the world!!! you're never too old!!!!

otin said...

I saw that you were on Rx Bambi's blog list, and being that I share that same honor, I thought that I would check you out! I love your pictures! They are so vivid! I have a fear of those water slides, is that irrational? Come by and say hello!!! The Wizard blog, not the other one!

Hit 40 said...

Your making me sad that I do not go see the sun more often!! Enjoy the boys. Mine do not like to go out in public with me anymore. Last summer....

we had a blast.

otin said...

You are Bambis SIS!?!? Awesome! I love Bambi! Not in a physical sense, because, of course, we have never met! LOL! I leave her a lot of off beat comments! This is so cool!

Hit 40 said...

I don't think the waterslide is wimpy!! No way. I would be worried my kid would twist his ankle. I do not like going to the ER.

Barb said...

OK, so the water slide wasn't too wimpy, but compared to the water fall....
And compared to the slide my 13-yr-old and DH made me do yesterday, OMG. I was sure I was going to die! I didn't want to do it. I was starting to freak out at the top. The life guard took my hand and said "It's only 3 seconds. You will be fine." Then I had to do it.
I think I will kill my DH and disown my DS for that one!